Education & Curriculum
Parents, in partnership with staff, create individual goals that
prepare the preschool-age child (3-5) to be successful in school and in life. We
lay the foundation for learning by providing enriched learning environments
supported by qualified teaching staff. The Creative Curriculum, which identifies
goals in four areas of development, Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and
Language, is the approved curriculum our program uses.
support services are a key component of the Head Start program. Some of
the available services include:
- Assisting with access to
- Teaching advocacy skills
family partnership agreements
- Offering crisis intervention.
Families are provided numerous opportunities to get involved with
the program. They include volunteering, employment opportunities,
serving on committees and groups of interest, and being involved with
Policy Council, the decision making group.
Health & Disabilities
Lakewood Head Start provides participating children and their
families with assistance and links to community health resources. Health
Services provides teachers with plans to include children with special health
issues into the regular classroom. Program staff collaborates with the local
education agency to ensure that children needing additional classroom support
in the areas of speech/language, cognitive and motor skills will
The City of Lakewood offers many nutrition services to
our Head Start children and their families:
- Through the
USDA-sponsored Child and Adult Care Food Program, we provide well-balanced meals
and snacks to help children meet their daily energy and nutrient needs.
- Children are screened twice a year for height, weight, and body mass index
to help identify those who may be at risk for overweight and obesity.
- Our Head Start classrooms participate in the Culture of Wellness in
Preschools Program, which includes an Integrated Nutrition Education Program
(INEP) and a movement program known as, "I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL)".
- Family outreach activities include parent meeting presentations,
nutrition newsletters, and nutrition education handouts. We also partner with
community agencies such as Cooking Matters and CSU Cooperative Extension to
provide nutrition and cooking classes for our families. Parent Wellness Workshops
are conducted through Culture of Wellness in Preschools.